Southcentral rainy spell comes to an end
Today marked the 6th consecutive day of seeing rain in the Anchorage Bowl, with many spots picking up an additional .05-.10 inches of rain. This has led to an overall rainfall total of just over three quarters of an inch of rain for Anchorage, with higher amounts in the valley and higher elevations. While the rain certainly has been beneficial to the region, parts of the Chugach are still seeing a high fire danger. This will likely continue to be the trend, as drier and warmer conditions are set to return to Southcentral.
The rain that we are seeing this evening will slowly taper off into the night as high pressure builds into the region. This will not only give way to more sunshine, but warmer days. While this will be nothing like the high that gripped Southcentral through the first two weeks of July, it will mean that we'll end the month on a warm note. With little in the way of cooler weather, it's important to note that the warm end to the month will certainly mean that July will end as the warmest on record for Anchorage.
Sunshine will greet us for most of the week, but upper level disturbances will bring some cloud coverage to the area. Most notably will be Tuesday when a system tracks in from the west. While we will still be on the warm side with highs in the lower 70s, the clouds will be added relief for those not wanting to be in the sun for a long period of time.
July will also end on a dry note, as high pressure is set to keep any systems at bay. Be thankful for the rain we just received, as we could go another week or two without seeing any significant storm system impact us.
Have a great work week!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison